2020 Arctic Task Force

University of Ottawa Televised Symposium

A Melting Arctic: Implications of Sea-Ice Loss on Governing the Arctic

January 30, 2020 – 1:30 pm to 4:00 pm
University of Ottawa

The Arctic region is melting at an alarming rate. Global warming has already created political, economic and social changes for Northerners and governments in charge of administering their Arctic territories. The loss of ice sea has profound consequences on public policies. At the same time, this dynamic generates uncertainty, bringing organizations and individuals alike to make predictions about the future. This conference wants to convene experts and practitioners to hear different perspectives on the challenges that rise in a changing Arctic region.

Panel #1: Military Operations and Arctic Sea Ice Loss
Moderator: Mark Salter, Professor, Political Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ottawa
Lieutenant Commander Sylvain Bernier, Royal Canadian Navy
Major Conrad Schubert, Vice Commander, Joint Task Force North, Canadian Forces

Panel #2: Arctic Reporting, Shipping and Governance
Moderator: Nadine Fabbi, Canadian Studies Center/International Policy Institute, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington
Eilis Quinn, Reporter, Eye on the Arctic
Alison Cook, Post-doctoral Researcher, University of Ottawa
Mathieu Landriault, Research Associate, Center for International Policy Studies; Research Fellow, Centre for the Study of Canada, Trent University

This symposium was sponsored by the Centre for International Policy Studies, University of Ottawa; International Policy Institute, Canadian Studies Center and the Center for Global Studies, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington; Institute for Science, Society and Policy, University of Ottawa; North American and Arctic Defence and Security Network; and Observatoire de la politique et la sécurité de l’Arctique, École nationale d’administration publique.